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Polyhymnia Concerts and Workshops
CONCERTS
All events located at:
The Church of St. Ignatius of Antioch
552 West End Ave
New York, NY 10024
November 20, 2021
Advent and Christmas in the 
Churches of Rome
8 PM

Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652)
Missa Salvatorem exspectamus (6vv)
Motets by Allegri, Morales, Victoria & Palestrina.
March 12, 2022
For Musick’s Art

8 PM

Christopher Tye (c. 1505 – c. 1572/3)
Missa Euge bone a6, Anthems, & Antiphons

May 14, 2022
Passionate Kisses

8 PM

Motet settings from the Song of Songs
Music by Gombert, Rore, White, Vivanco, & more
Renaissance Rome was a renowned center of music and art.  Thanks to the patronage of the Papacy, its magnificence was almost unequaled in 16th-century Europe. The Sistine Chapel had the most famous choir, but other churches in Rome also had fine musical organizations. Santa Maria Maggiore, San Giovanni in Laterano, and the great Basilica Papale di San Pietro home of the renowned Cappella Giulia, all stand out for their musical excellence.  Composers like Josquin, Morales, Victoria, and of course Palestrina himself contributed to the musical wealth of these iconic institutions, leaving today’s music lovers a vast legacy, much of which is still sung today. Join us as we celebrate our return to the concert stage with the sumptuous music of these singularly accomplished composers. 
In keeping with our commitment to the revival of lesser-known composers, Polyhymnia’s second concert will highlight Tudor composer Christopher Tye. Often mentioned with the other “T’s” of English music, Tallis and Taverner, he remains an enigmatic figure, more familiar to church musicians than to concert audiences. Like Tallis, he worked during the reigns of four Tudor monarchs, both Catholic and Protestant. He was a gentleman of the Chapel Royal, choirmaster at Ely Cathedral, and eventually an Anglican priest. From his elaborate and penitential seven-voice Peccavimus cum patribus nostris to the joyful exuberance of his most famous work, the Missa Euge bone, and his equally compelling English anthems, Tye will surprise and delight the listener with his eccentric and brilliant compositions for the English church.
The Song of Songs, erotic, romantic, poetically astonishing, has always been somewhat of a mystery in the Hebrew and Christian Bibles. It celebrates the depth and beauty of romantic and sexual love. Over time, it was transformed into an allegory depicting the relationship first between God and Israel, and eventually Christ and the Church. In the Middle Ages, as the cult of the Virgin Mary rose to a more prominent position in western liturgical practice, the texts were adapted and found as the basis of texts for the Divine Office on feast days in honor of the mother of Christ. Composers across Europe and as far away as the New World composed eloquent settings of these otherworldly texts. Chosen appropriately as the final concert of the season, we invite you to join us for our season finale, a celebration of gardens, springtime, and above all, love in its many expressions. 
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